Australian naval helicopter crashes into Philippine sea with three crew on board

Australian naval helicopter crashes into ocean with three crew on board

  • Three people aboard a naval helicopter have crashed into the Philippine Sea
  • They were rescued on Wednesday by boats dispatched by HMAS Brisbane
  • The crew escaped with minor injuries and their families were notified of the crash
  • Defense Minister said an investigation is underway to find out what went wrong










An investigation is underway after a Royal Australian Navy helicopter crashes in the Philippine Sea.

Three Royal Australian Navy crew members were rescued with minor injuries after their helicopter was dumped in the Philippine Sea.

The Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk fleet has been grounded after a helicopter ran into trouble and made an emergency landing on Wednesday night.

Three crew members suffered minor injuries and were rescued by HMAS Brisbane boats.

An investigation is underway after a Royal Australian Navy helicopter crashes in the Philippine Sea (pictured, an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter near Rockhampton)

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton says an investigation is underway into what went wrong.

“It got into trouble, they don’t know yet what went wrong, but the most important thing is that the crew members were rescued… .

“So minor injuries, their families have been notified, but I think it just highlights the difficult work and the dangerous work that the men and women of our Australian Defense Force are undertaking.”

The Australian Fleet Commander, Admiral Mark Hammond, confirmed that the MH-60R Seahawk fleet was temporarily grounded during the investigation.

“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances leading to the emergency landing of the helicopter is the priority at this time,” he said in a statement.

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton (pictured) says an investigation is underway into what went wrong after the helicopter crashed with three crew members on board

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton (pictured) says an investigation is underway into what went wrong after the helicopter crashed with three crew members on board

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